Man given ‘last chance’ by court


A 36-year-old man accused of committing offences less than 12 hours after being released on bail has been given a ‘final chance’.

Terence Edward Doherty, of Dunluce Court, is charged with disorderly behaviour and assault on police.

The charges relate to two separate incidents on June 5.

Police opposed bail for fear of further offences and because of Doherty’s history of breaching bail conditions.

An investigating officer told Derry Magistrates Court the 36-year-old was arrested and released on police bail in relation to the disorderly behaviour.

However, less than 12 hours later he was arrested for assaulting police.

She said that police were called to Cedar Street by Doherty’s father, who reported that his son had been causing a disturbance. The court heard allegations that Doherty was located in Glenview Street and was highly intoxicated, in breach of bail conditions.

He was arrested and allegedly spat at police officers.

The officer also revealed that the alleged offences were committed just a week after the 36-year-old was released from Maghaberry Prison.

Defence solicitor Eugene Burns told the court his client had been off alcohol for nine months but on this occasion ‘went off the rails’.

He said Doherty has ‘been without substances for ten days’ and is in a ‘better place now.’

Releasing the 36-year-old on bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘I am going to persevere with him but this is his last chance’.

Doherty was released on his own bail of £500 to appear in court again on July 10.